SSNDs on 'Nuns on the Bus' Tour 2016
School Sister of Notre Dame travels with Nuns on the Bus to ‘mend the gaps’
|School Sisters of Notre Dame with Shalom Director Tim Dewane welcome Nuns on the Bus to Janesville, Wisconsin.
School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) traveled with and supported NETWORK’s Nuns on the Bus throughout July 2016 as the tour participants called on elected officials and candidates to mend the gaps in income and wealth inequality in the nation.
The tour kicked off July 11 with a pre-launch blessing in Madison, Wisconsin. Sister Eileen Reilly, SSND, who has participated in two other Nuns on the Bus tours, joined the trip on July 19 in Erie, Pennsylvania, and continued with them through the end, July 29 in Philadelphia, the site of the Democratic Convention.
“The widening gap between the rich and the poor is a deep concern for SSNDs who are called to ‘make the concerns of the poor our own’ by our constitution and by our history,” said Sister Eileen, who is the director of the SSND United Nations NGO office. “We take seriously the call of Pope Francis in his recent encyclical letter, Laudato Si’, to ‘let the wealth be shared.’”
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The School Sisters of Notre Dame already have been demonstrating their support at several Nuns on the Bus rallies and events. (See some of our photos in the slideshow, above right.)
"We gained a deepened appreciation for the interconnectedness of poverty-related issues," said Sisters Celly Ann Amparano and Barbara Neist, SSND, after attending the Nuns on the Bus Caucus on July 13 in Jefferson City, Missouri. They left the event "encouraged that small actions are significant."
Sister Lucy Nigh, SSND, was at the opening kick-off in Janesville, Wisconsin.
"It was great to be among the first to sign the bus!" Sister Lucy said. "The collaboration and solidarity that is built through Nuns on the Bus is amazing! It was an inspiring and hope-filled rally, energizing all to commit to action that will help build bridges and mend the gaps in our society."